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  • Jordanian writer shot dead as he arrives at trial for insulting Islam

    09/26/2016 10:21:14 AM PDT · by marthemaria · 10 replies
    A prominent Jordanian writer, who was on trial for sharing a cartoon deemed offensive to Islam, has been shot dead outside a court in Amman where he was due to appear. Nahed Hattar, 56, was charged with inciting sectarian strife and insulting Islam after posting the cartoon on Facebook this year. The cartoon, entitled The God of Daesh (Isis), depicted an Isis militant sitting next to two women and asking God to bring him a drink. Hattar was arrested in August and released on bail early this month. On Sunday, he was shot in the head three times as he...
  • 3 dead after crossbow attack in Toronto

    08/25/2016 11:29:59 AM PDT · by marthemaria · 59 replies
    Three people have died after an attack involving a crossbow in Toronto’s east end. The incident happened near Markham Road and Eglinton Avenue East in Scarborough Thursday afternoon. Toronto paramedics said two males and one female were pronounced dead at the scene. One male was transported to hospital with minor injuries. Police say the man who placed the call to 911 is one of the deceased. A man has been taken into custody, police said, and there doesn’t appear to be any suspects outstanding. Police say a crossbow was found nearby, and there were other items found in the area...
  • Obama shortens terms for 214 prisoners; 67 had life sentence

    08/03/2016 11:04:58 AM PDT · by marthemaria · 29 replies
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is cutting short the sentences of 214 federal inmates, including 67 serving life sentences. The White House says it's the largest batch of commutations on a single day in more than a century. Almost all the prisoners were serving time for nonviolent drug offenses. The commutations bring to 562 the total number of sentences Obama has shortened. The White House says that's more than the past nine presidents combined. Almost 200 of those who have benefited were serving life sentences. White House counsel Neil Eggleston says Obama will continue granting clemency to more inmates...
  • Protest at State Capitol turns violent

    06/26/2016 12:55:32 PM PDT · by marthemaria · 52 replies
    A protest at the State Capitol turned violent where at least six people have been stabbed during a rally, law enforcement said. Sacramento Fire Department reports multiple stabbing victims at State Capitol during rally. Fire crews are triaging patients. Five people were taken to area hospitals from the rally and some people have critical trauma stab wounds, fire officials said. No additional information has been released.
  • French woman with baby fights off armed robber

    04/18/2016 9:41:35 AM PDT · by marthemaria · 18 replies
    A woman owner of a French bar beat a hapless armed robber round the head with his own bag and chased him out of the premises in dramatic scenes captured on CCTV. In the video, which has become a hit on French social media, a masked man is seen entering the Bocage Normand bar, at Vire in the Normandy region of northern France, brandishing a handgun. The reaction of the manageress Nathalie Leclerc-Pelan is a lesson in “sang froid”. She calmly puts down the baby she is holding, and starts to berate the gun-wielding thief who proffers a bag and...
  • Google says sorry for racist auto-tag in photo app

    04/09/2016 4:08:58 AM PDT · by marthemaria · 13 replies
    Google Photos labelled a picture of two black people as ‘gorillas’ Google Maps and Flickr have also suffered from race-related problems Google has apologized after its new photo app labelled two black people as “gorillas”. The photo service, launched in May, automatically tags uploaded pictures using its own artificial intelligence software. “Google Photos, y’all fucked up. My friend’s not a gorilla,” Jacky Alciné tweeted on Sunday after a photo of him and a friend was mislabelled as “gorillas” by the app. Shortly after, Alciné was contacted by Yonatan Zunger, the chief architect of social at Google. “Big thanks for helping...
  • After Anal Rape, Left Wing Activist Felt guilt that his Migrant Attacker Was Deported

    04/08/2016 11:09:18 AM PDT · by marthemaria · 40 replies
    A left wing activist has bared all to a Norwegian documentary crew about his rape at the hands of a Somalian migrant, and his despair at seeing the man deported. An active member of the Norwegian Socialist Left Party (SV) who described himself as an ardent “feminist and anti-racist” explained the difficulty he experienced accepting that he had been anally raped by a male migrant. He said he didn’t blame the man for the attack, and regretted the fact he had been sent back to Somalia. Attacked as a young man, his rapist was convicted six months after the fact...
  • Salah Abdeslam: Family and friends 'protected' Isis Paris attacker in Brussels

    03/23/2016 10:32:46 AM PDT · by marthemaria · 56 replies
    Family, friends and a network of petty criminals, rather than Islamic State (Isis), hid Paris attacker Salah Abdeslam in the Molenbeek neighbourhood of Belgian capital Brussels over the course of a four-month international manhunt, French and Belgian officials have said. Anne Hidalgo, the Mayor of Paris, where 130 were killed in the November 2015 attacks, has said she believed the community of Molenbeek had "undoubtedly protected" Abdeslam. Speaking on French radio, Hidalgo said the investigation into how Abdeslam had evaded police capture, despite an intensive international manhunt, would show "family support networks" and petty criminals had hidden the Belgian national...
  • Norway mass killer Anders Breivik compares himself to Mandela in court

    03/18/2016 9:45:29 AM PDT · by marthemaria · 40 replies
    Far-right terrorist Anders Behring Breivik compared himself to anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela as he gave testimony in his lawsuit against the Norwegian state Wednesday. Breivik, an ultranationalist who boasted of killing his victims to prevent the "Islamization" of his country, said the difference between himself and the revered South African statesman was that Mandela "ordered action," while he had been the one to "carry out the action." The 37-year-old, who killed 77 people in a shooting rampage and bombing attack in 2011, is suing Norway over his treatment behind bars, alleging that it is a "sadistic" attempt by Norwegian authorities...
  • Polar bears in Svalbard in good condition – so far

    The Norwegian Polar Institute has carried out a counting of polar bears in Svalbard, financed by the Ministry of Climate and Environment. The results show that there are probably more polar bears than the last time the bears were counted in this area in 2004, in spite of the fact that there have been many years with poor ice cover during this period. "The Barens Sea Bears" migrate between Norwegian and Russian territory. Polar bears on the Russian side were included in the previous counting, but as the Russians did not take part this time, the results are uncertain. The...
  • Obama intends to nominate successor for Scalia on Supreme Court: CNN

    President Barack Obama intends to nominate a Supreme Court justice after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia created a vacancy, CNN reported on Saturday, citing unnamed sources.
  • Watch: Bernie Sanders Tries to Help Man Who Collapses at Campaign Event

    02/05/2016 7:53:57 AM PST · by marthemaria · 23 replies
    Stand up moment for Bernie Sanders. Sanders briefly halted a campaign event in New Hampshire Thursday to try to help a man who collapsed on stage. "Oh my God," Sanders said when the man fell just after the Democratic presidential candidate was taking a question in Concord about the schedule of debates. The scary thump could be heard on video that captured the moment. Sanders waited near the man until he was helped off the stage about a minute later. The specifics of why the man had collapsed and his condition after walking away were not immediately clear. The man...
  • Refugees armed with knife filmed mugging two journalists documenting their plight

    01/23/2016 3:37:41 AM PST · by marthemaria · 5 replies
    Footage has emerged showing the moment a group of refugees armed with a knife attacked two journalists who were documenting their plight. Maaike Engels was filming with her colleague Teun Voeten when he was pounced on by a three men who tried to steal his camera at the Jungle migrant camp in Calais. Voeten is tackled to the ground as the camera keeps rolling for their new documentary ‘Calais: Welcome to the Jungle’. The attack is quickly broken up by other refugees who throw stones at the young men. A short chase ensues before the footage ends. A video of...
  • Israeli reporter is accidentally stabbed THROUGH a 'knife-proof' vest

    01/07/2016 8:59:26 AM PST · by marthemaria · 15 replies
    An Israeli reporter was accidentally stabbed on the job while demonstrating a protective vest. Eitam Lachover was filming a story about a company making the protective clothing at a time when Israel is facing near-daily stabbing attacks by Palestinians. Linda Bar, a spokeswoman for Israel's state broadcaster, said Lachover was asked to try on the vest and demonstrate a thwarted stabbing. But the knife penetrated the vest, lightly wounding him in the upper back. Yaniv Montakyo, a vice president at the company that makes the vest, told Israeli Channel 2 TV that he stabbed Lachover in an area of the...
  • Isis executes first female citizen journalist

    01/05/2016 12:00:32 PM PST · by marthemaria · 11 replies
    The execution of Ruqia Hassan marks the fifth journalist who reported on Isis to be killed since October, according to Syrian journalism organisation, Syria Direct. Ms Hassan, who also went by the pseudonym Nisan Ibrahim on social media, was a reporter and activist for Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently (RBSS), a group exposing human rights abuses from within Syria. Abu Mohammed, founder of RBSS, tweeted on Saturday that Ms Hassan’s last words were: “I’m in Raqqa and I received death threats, and when Isis [arrests] me and kills me it’s ok because they will cut my head and I have...
  • Germany-Netherlands friendly in Hannover canceled (Possible truckbomb disguised as a ambulance)

    The international friendly between Germany and the Netherlands in Hanover has been canceled over security concerns, German police have confirmed. A suspicious object had been found before the game. Less than two hours before kick-off in the international match between Germany and the Netherlands in Hanover, the fixture has been canceled by German police. Police confirmed that an object had been found in the stadium, forcing all personel to be evacuated immediately. Earlier in the evening a "suspicious object" had been discovered by police forces around the stadium. Road blocks were set-up and no fans were allowed to enter the...
  • My dad got diagnosed with COPD Stage 3 bordering to stage 4. (prayer request)

    10/17/2015 6:47:36 PM PDT · by marthemaria · 76 replies
    I knew he was sick and getting worse.My dad is the type that do not go to doctors ever. But now he wanted to go.I went with him to a lung doctor the other day that gave him the bad news. He is so strong and relaxed about it though. He has stopped smoking this summer which is extremely good. But still he is stage 3 -borderline to 4. Maybe I ask for prayers do deal with my dad being sick. I tend to worry and fuss a bit and become very protective. My dad seems to cope very good....
  • Family of Alan Kurdi speaks out (Drowned syrian boy died because father wanted new teeth)

    09/05/2015 12:49:34 PM PDT · by marthemaria · 25 replies
    Images of Alyan face-down in the surf circulated world-wide on Thursday, spawning outrage at the perceived inaction of developed nations. In a statement to police obtained by the Hurriyet newspaper, Abdullah said he had twice paid smugglers to take him and his family to Greece but their efforts had failed. “I want the whole world’s eyes on us (because) we have experienced a disaster. Let this be the last”. According to Canadian journalist Terry Glavin, who spoke to the aunt in Vancouver, Aylan’s father Abdullah had been kidnapped during the Islamic State siege Kobane earlier this year and had all...
  • ISIS burns 4 hog-tied men alive in new video

    09/04/2015 12:17:28 PM PDT · by marthemaria · 56 replies
    ISIS set four captured Iraqi men on fire by hog-tying them upside down, hanging them from a pole, then burning them alive. Once again, the savage execution was captured on video and shared on social media accounts friendly with the terror group as part of its propaganda and fear campaign. The four men in orange jumpsuits introduce themselves on camera and are made to watch videos of other ISIS executions before they’re marched out to the desert, with chains around their wrists and ankles, to their fate. After a man wearing camouflage and a mask explains how the men must...
  • Rare snow in Australia as Antarctic chill sweeps eastern states

    07/18/2015 8:37:26 AM PDT · by marthemaria · 23 replies
    Temperatures have plummeted to more than 10 degrees below average in places, while Sydney has had its coldest July weather in 44 years now has fallen in parts of Australia where such falls are so rare the weather bureau does not have the tools to measure it as temperatures plunged to more than 10 degrees below average. Antarctic air pushed up through central New South Wales and on to Queensland – known as the Sunshine State – over the past week bringing on a winter cold front not seen in some parts since the mid-1980s. In Queensland, snow fell in...